The majority of retiring South Africans look to the state for support.
South Africa might want to consider raising its retirement age to 70 to cope with a challenge of an ageing population that's under-insured and relying on an already pressured public purse.
The autumn years are getting later.
Over the last century, life expectancy has increased by seven hours a day.
Mice can slow the wheel of ageing almost at will. Humans, not so much.
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Anti-ageing research often uses short-lived model species such as mice. But these species age in a very different way to us, so they may not tell us all that much about boosting our own lifespans.
Our perceptions of spirituality change as we age.
Spiritual engagement is losing out to efficiency when it comes to older age.
Britain's longest-reigning monarch has seen a big rise in life expectancy since her birth in 1926.
Overdoing it? Pills and thrills and bellyaches.
When one in six hospitalisations of older patients are due to harm from their medicines, then something is going seriously wrong.
Maybe I should just go talk to them?
A drug to treat loneliness may be on the cards. But would we want it?
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After the middle years of their life, people report increasing levels of happiness. An expert unpicks the data.
Combining age-related loneliness with other social issues could help breathe new life into public services.
Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights.
The reluctance by many to accept or even debate the intersection between old age and disability highlights how society struggles to construct differences in ability.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Robert Mugabe, the nonagenarian Zimbabwean president, is the poster boy for Africa’s ageing leaders.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
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A global health and disease study shows we're living longer, but spending more years in poor health. But there are some things within our power to change.
Who benefits from benefits?
The government faces pressure to means test benefits to stop richer elderly people claiming at the expense of their poorer peers.
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002.
The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.
Then we did it in this position.
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A taboo around older age sex is diminishing but some still find it hard.
Alzheimers prevalence in the UK is forecast to more than double to 2m by 2051.
Although dementia has a major effect on both public health and society, first-time findings from Scotland show that we know much less about the condition than we should.
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